Republican Presidential Candidates Back Israel

( — UPI provided a summary of each Republican presidential candidate’s position on Israel following the deadly terrorist attacks on October 7.

Frontrunner Donald Trump initially harshly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant during a campaign rally in Florida last week, drawing criticism from his Republican opponents and other officials. Trump also drew criticism for calling the terrorist group Hezbollah “very smart.”

After facing significant blowback for attacking Israel as the country was at war, Trump later expressed his support in a post on Truth Social by posting the hashtags #IStandWithIsrael and #IStandWithBibi.

Meanwhile, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came out forcefully against Iran, vowing to impose new sanctions on the state sponsor of terrorism in Florida’s upcoming legislative session.

DeSantis also told Newsmax that there can be no two-state solution, explaining that Palestinians want to “eradicate the Jewish state.”

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley demanded that the Biden administration take the $6 billion it released for Iran and reallocate the money to Israel.

In a post on X, Haley said the United States must provide weapons and intelligence to Israel and warn countries in the region not to get involved in the conflict. The former UN Ambassador also argued that no taxpayer money should go to any UN-backed group or Palestinian group that sides with Hamas or fails to “denounce anti-Semitic activity.”

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott said last week that he supports providing additional resources to Israel. He noted that Israel has the power and resources to “wipe Hamas from the map” and said the US should stand “shoulder to shoulder with them.”

Former Vice President Mike Pence pushed back hard on Donald Trump’s criticism of Israel, saying it was not the time for a former president to send “any message other than America stands with Israel.”

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